My Mom is a Doctor, My Dad is a Dad.

“My mom is a doctor, my dad is a Dad.” So stated one of our children in their autobiography assignment for school.  I kept reading, curious what would come next. “My dad usually stays home and cleans up, and takes care of the pets.” I thought for a moment.  “That’s very good, honey, but do … Read moreMy Mom is a Doctor, My Dad is a Dad.

The Puzzle Table

I am pleased to share the link to my newest published narrative essay, entitled The Puzzle Table, published online 10/2/17 in the Art of Oncology section of the Journal of Clinical Oncology.  

Guilt and the Physician Mom: Doing Enough; not Perfection

Recently I was enjoying a “mom day” running errands with the kids, you know, the usual essentials — groceries, school supplies, and espresso coffee drive-through. At this last stop, the barista made small talk and, seeing the kids in the back seat,  joked about school starting soon and how I must be looking forward to … Read moreGuilt and the Physician Mom: Doing Enough; not Perfection

The Doctor is In; The Mrs. is Out: forms of address toward female physicians.

My smile freezes on my face as my patient says to me, “I’m so glad you’re back – that I get to see Mrs. Lycette today!” He has been my patient for several years, and I am perplexed to hear him address me as “Mrs.” rather than “Doctor.”   At the same time, I really do … Read moreThe Doctor is In; The Mrs. is Out: forms of address toward female physicians.

A sense of purpose in a broken world.

Recently I found myself sitting in my car in the parking lot of my clinic,  unable to will myself to open the door.  I didn’t want to head in to the clinic that morning.  Instead I was filled with despair; overwhelmed with the events of the world. How can I do it? I thought.  How … Read moreA sense of purpose in a broken world.

5 things physicians might not know about compassion fatigue, but should.

For many physicians, the term “compassion fatigue” may imply, as the words describe, that fatigue leads to the loss of ability to feel compassion for others.  After all, what physician doesn’t have a day when s/he is too tired, running on too little reserve, and feeling some degree of emotional numbness? Many physicians may not … Read more5 things physicians might not know about compassion fatigue, but should.

The invisible burden of the oncologist

The return from a vacation weighed on me physically.  This had been a true vacation – an entire week away from clinic and spent with my family.  I even managed to unplug to the point of only checking email on my phone twice per day – really!

The tension that years ago took up permanent residence in my shoulders had faded away without my noticing, so that when I awoke to its sudden return, I realized that for one wonderful week I had almost become used to its absence.  Almost…

Read moreThe invisible burden of the oncologist

The top 3 hidden rewards of practicing oncology in a small community.

There is a shortage of rural physicians in the U.S.  My specialty, medical oncology, is but one of many specialties where the shortage is especially glaring. In oncology, I think there is perhaps a fear of practicing outside the walls of a large tertiary center and leaving behind the established framework and boundaries between the doctor and patient. I know it was a fear of mine when I moved to a rural community to practice nearly 4 years ago…

Read moreThe top 3 hidden rewards of practicing oncology in a small community.

On perceptions of female physicians: from planes to preschools.

I recently read on kevinmd.com the accounts of women physicians who attempted to help passengers in air flight emergencies and were incredulously pushed aside and not allowed to provide emergency care.

Yes, you read that correctly.  Physicians blocked from providing emergency medical care because the flight attendants didn’t believe they were physicians — we can only assume based on their appearance…

Read moreOn perceptions of female physicians: from planes to preschools.

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